Freescale Taps Two Chip Chieftains

Chris Chi and Gulzar Mohd Ali come over from UMC and Intel.
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Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) hired a pair of executives to oversee its manufacturing operation.

The Austin, Texas, chip company said Chris Chi joins from

United Micro

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, and Gulzar Mohd Ali comes over from

Intel

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. Chi will serve as vice president of external manufacturing, and Mohd Ali joins as vice president of final manufacturing overseeing assembly and test operations.

Both will report to Alex Pepe, Freescale's senior vice president, manufacturing operations.

"Chris and Gulzar bring a wealth of outside experience to help Freescale achieve best-in-class manufacturing operations," said Pepe. "To achieve the next level of excellence, Freescale must attract and develop world-class talent. Chris and Gulzar will play a vital role in pushing for continued improvement in all areas of manufacturing -- gross margin, service and quality."